Epilogue (with free stuff if you get to the end)

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I realize it's been about 5 years since I have posted a journal entry.  I have been meaning to post something here for years.   A few people visit my page every now and again.  So, I thought I would let you guys know what happened to me.

Back in 2007, I married my high school sweetheart after 10 years of being together.   It was a beautiful wedding alongside the McKenizie River.  We bought a nice house near a park, then I finally finished up my two degrees and graduated from the University of Oregon.  (Digital Arts and Political Science)  Shortly after graduating, I was laid off from my job as a computer support technician.  I spent the next 2 years unemployed and worked on remodeling my house.

Though, in those 2 years, I took up watercolors and oil painting.  I always felt that I lacked a good foundation in traditional mediums, so it was really fun to learn.  Coming from a digital-only background, it was months and months before I would stop subconsciously trying to use the 'undo' shortcut while painting.  ☺  Mainly, I like to paint florals and seascapes, but I'm starting to try flesh now too.  I even submitted a watercolor to an art show, and it sold for $250!  

Luckily, I was finally able to find work.  I now work as a merchandise photographer.  And I thought I was good at Photoshop before, but now my skills now are super awesome!  The pay is quite poor, but I get to play with Photoshop all day.  With how bad the job market is where I live, I could have ended up working in a gas station, so I am very happy that I found a quasi-artistic job.

Convention-wise, I had an amazing run.  In the 5 years I was going to conventions, I attended over 40!  Everywhere from Vancouver to Miami!  I spent a good chunk of my 20's traveling all over the USA and Canada meeting wonderful amazing people.  Not many people get to say that!  I knew it wouldn't last forever, and boy did I enjoy it while it lasted.   I am truly grateful that I got to do so much off the limited talent I possessed.

Over the years, I have been able to meet and be inspired by people far more talented than myself.  I have a knack for imitating styles, but I have always been awestruck by others' creativity and originality for something new.   It's amazing to see how the talent on Deviantart has grown and evolved since I first signed up.  

Thank you all so much for your kind words and encouragement over the years!

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I am really late to reading this, but I'm glad things are going well. I wish you all the best.